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An invitation to dinner

Last week myself and some trusted Friends of Kemnay House were busy transforming the dusty dining room, that has been shuttered up through winter, into a banquet scene from the 1850s.

Classes from our local primary school were visiting to learn about dinner parties, and we needed to show them how the Victorians liked to do things:

Although up to 13 courses would have been normal for a formal evening dinner, our silverware could only stretch to 9, but we did find a plethora of china, punch bowls and coloured glasses to decorate the table in as lavish a style as possible.

A Victorian Spring Dinner Party Menu

Consommé of Mock Turtle

Lettuce Salad with Cheese Fingers

Salmon Mayonnaise

Roast Chicken with potato Balls

Spring Lamb with Mint Sauce

Anchovy toasts

Fruit Jelly